As Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada continues to make its annual journey through the country, there was a discussion on ethics, inclusion, and other practices included in the NHL's Declaration of Principles.
At this morning's NHL Declaration of Principles Breakfast a five-person panel assembled to discuss the NHL's code of ethics at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.
Sausage and pancakes were not in short supply as the panel, with local and national components, kicked off.
Included on the panel was two-time Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Bobbi-Jo Slusar, an IIHF World Women's Championship silver medal winner, Swift Current Legionnaires defencemen Mac Gross, former NHLer and Director of Social Impact and Fan Development with the NHL Andrew Ference, and Terry Pavely - Swift Current Wildcats coach.
Topics up for discussion at the event included the possibility of a Women's National Hockey Leauge, inclusion, and what makes the sport enjoyable for them.
In regards to women's hockey, Campbell-Pascall said that the way it is talked about needs to change.
"Well I think when you're making decisions about hockey, you should make those decisions, male and female, the same way," said the now-retired athlete. "I think a lot of the time, women's hockey has their own little spot on the agenda, and the people who are making these decisions think 'Okay we'll get to women's hockey and then we're going to make decisions based on women's hockey.' And I think what we need to get out of is that differential and just make decisions for the game."
Grade 10 Legionnaires defencemen Gross said that he was honoured to be on-stage with his hockey panel counterparts.
"It was really cool, it was such an honour to be up on the panel with those guys, just discussing why hockey is for everyone, and how everyone should be included and I try to do that every day, not just in hockey, but in life."
Other topics of discussion include ensuring that kids enjoy playing hockey and how the sport can influence everyday life.